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Sir Jeremy Heywood

Sir Jeremy Heywood was appointed Cabinet Secretary following the announcement of Sir Gus O’Donnell’s retirement in December 2011. From September 2014 Jeremy also took on the title Head of the Civil Service.

Prior to that, Sir Jeremy Heywood was Permanent Secretary to two successive Prime Ministers at 10 Downing Street. He also spent over three years as a Managing Director including as co-head of the UK Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley. Before joining Morgan Stanley, Sir Jeremy Heywood occupied a range of senior civil service roles, including as Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister (1999–2003).

Prior to that, he had a variety of senior roles at HM Treasury including:

  • Head of Securities and Markets Policy
  • Head of Corporate and Management Change

He also served as Principal Private Secretary to Chancellors Norman Lamont and Kenneth Clarke and had a spell at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. His first job in the civil service was as an Economic Adviser to the Health and Safety Executive.

John Manzoni

John Manzoni became Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office in August 2015. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Civil Service in October 2014 and continues in this role also. He joined the Cabinet Office in February 2014 as Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority.

John was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the private sector. In his 24 years at BP, he contributed to its global growth and held senior strategic and operational leadership roles at global, regional and local level. Between 2002 and 2007, he was Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, spanning 6 different businesses across more than 100 countries and he was a member of the BP plc main board from 2003 to 2007.

Melanie Dawes CB

Melanie Dawes took up her role as Permanent Secretary for DCLG on 1 March 2015. She is also gender champion for the Civil Service and sits on the Civil Service Board and Senior Leadership Committee.

Melanie was Director General of the Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat (EDS) at the Cabinet Office from October 2011, responsible for overseeing the system of Cabinet decision-making.

Between 2006 and 2011 she was at HMRC, including as one of the department’s Commissioners. She was Director General for Business Tax from November 2007, which involved responsibility for all the business taxes and duties as well as leadership of the department’s relationships with big business. From 2009, she also led the development of HMRC’s overall strategy as a department.

Before joining HMRC, Melanie spent 15 years at the Treasury, including as Europe Director from 2002 to 2006. She started her career as an economist and has worked on public spending, tax and tax credit policy, macroeconomics, monetary policy and the euro.

Robert Devereux

Robert Devereux rejoined the Department for Work and Pensions as Permanent Secretary on 1 January 2011, having previously spent 4 years with the Department of Social Security, and 2 years with DWP when it was first created in 2001.

Robert’s career has included time spent in:

the Overseas Development Administration
HM Treasury
Guinness Brewing Worldwide, on secondment
the Department for Transport, where he was Permanent Secretary for 3 years from 2003

Leslie Evans

Leslie Evans was appointed as Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government on July 1, 2015. In this role, Leslie is the principal policy adviser to the First Minister and Secretary to the Scottish Cabinet.

She is also the Principal Accountable Officer for the Scottish Government with personal responsibility for the propriety and regularity of Government finance and for economic, efficient and effective use of all related resources.

Leslie is the senior Civil Servant in Scotland and leads more than 5,000 civil servants working for the Scottish Government, supporting development, implementation and communication of government policies, in accordance with the Civil Service Code.

Leslie joined the Scottish Government in September 2000, having spent 20 years working for local authorities in Scotland (City of Edinburgh Council and Stirling Council) and England (London Borough of Greenwich and Sheffield City Council).

Her previous post within the Scottish Government was Director General Learning and Justice. Previous positions include Head of Local Government Constitution & Governance Division, Head of Public Service Reform Group, Head of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and Director of Culture, External Affairs and Tourism.

Married with one son, Leslie was born in Northern Ireland and has lived in Scotland since 1985. She attended High Storrs School in Sheffield and studied Music at the University of Liverpool.

Elizabeth Gardiner

Elizabeth Gardiner took up the post of First Parliamentary Counsel and Permanent Secretary of the Government in Parliament Group in the Cabinet Office on 24 November 2015.

Elizabeth qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and then in England and Wales. She joined the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel as an Assistant Parliamentary Counsel in 1991, and has spent over 20 years as a legislative drafter working on a full range of legislative projects. This included working on consolidation and law reform projects at the Law Commission and leading the team drafting tax legislation.

Richard Heaton

Richard Heaton has been Permanent Secretary for MOJ since August 2015. Before that he was Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office (from August 2012).

Richard started his career as a barrister, and joined the Home Office as a legal adviser in 1991. He then worked in legal teams across government, focussing particularly on criminal law, the constitution, and human rights law.

His recent legal and non-legal posts have been:

  • Director of legal services at Department for Constitutional Affairs (now Ministry of Justice)
  • Head of law and governance at Department for Work and Pensions
  • Director General for pensions and ageing society, Department for Work and Pensions

He was also First Parliamentary Counsel from 2012 to 2015.

In April 2014 Richard became the Civil Service Race Champion.

Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones AM

Carwyn Jones became First Minister of Wales in December 2009. Following re-election in May 2011, Carwyn Jones heads the Welsh Government and announced a new Programme for Government in September 2011.

Carwyn Jones was elected to represent the constituency of Bridgend in the first elections to the newly created National Assembly for Wales in 1999 and within a year was a member of the Cabinet.

His first Cabinet role was as a Deputy Secretary in March 2000, and he was appointed Agriculture and Rural Development Secretary later that year.

The role of Business Minister was added to his Rural Affairs portfolio in March 2002. In June of the same year he was appointed Minister for Open Government.

Following the 2nd Assembly election in May 2003 he took on the role of Minister for the Environment, Planning and the Countryside. During this time he was responsible for the Welsh response to the 2001 Foot and Mouth disease outbreak.

In May 2007 he was appointed Minister for Education, Culture and the Welsh Language and from July 2007 was appointed Counsel General and Leader of the House in the coalition Welsh Assembly Government with Plaid Cymru. He was appointed to the Privy Council on 9 June 2010.

Born in 1967, Carwyn Jones was educated at Brynteg Comprehensive School, Bridgend; University of Wales, Aberystwyth; and Inns of Court School of Law, London. Prior to his election as an Assembly Member, he was a Barrister in Chambers in Swansea specialising in Criminal, Family and Personal Injury Law and a Tutor at Cardiff University Law School. He has been a Bridgend County Borough Councillor and was Chair of the County Borough Council Labour Group.

He is a member of Amnesty International, Unison, Unite and the Fabian Society. He has been a Labour Party member since 1987 and played an active role in the 'Yes for Wales' campaign to extend the law-making powers of the National Assembly for Wales.

Married with 2 children, Carwyn Jones is a fluent Welsh speaker. His interests include sport, reading and travel.

Stephen Lovegrove

The Prime Minister has appointed Stephen Lovegrove as the new Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence. He will succeed Jon Thompson, who is taking up the post of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Chief Executive and First Permanent Secretary.

Stephen also sat on the board of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and is a trustee of the Charities Aid Foundation.

Derek Mackay

Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution, will introduce this session on Improved Outcomes and, drawing on his own experience, will share his views on how he believes civil servants can improve outcomes and build trust in public services.

Sir Simon McDonald

Sir Simon McDonald is the Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Before taking up the role of PUS, Sir Simon served as the British Ambassador to Berlin from 2010 to 2015, the Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser and Head of Foreign and Defence Policy in the Cabinet Office from 2007 to 2010. From 2003 to 2006 he was British Ambassador to Israel.

He was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in 2014.

Rupert McNeil

Rupert McNeil was appointed Chief People Officer at the Cabinet Office in January 2016.

Rupert joined the Civil Service from Lloyds Banking Group, where he was the Group HR Director. He began his career at the Confederation of British Industry before becoming a partner in Deloitte and Arthur Anderson. Since then he has worked for Barclays Bank plc, first as Executive Management Director and then as the HR Director for Global, Retail and Commercial Banking, and at Aviva where he was HR Director and then HR Centre of Expertise Director.

Rupert attended secondary school in Aberdeen, and graduated in Politics and Philosophy from St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. During his undergraduate degree he spent a semester as an intern at the US Senate. He attended Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 2010.

Clare Moriarty

Clare Moriarty has been Permanent Secretary for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since August 2015.

Her previous roles include

  • Director General, Rail Executive in the Department for Transport
  • Director General, Corporate Group, Department for Transport
  • Constitution Director, Ministry of Justice
  • Head, NHS Foundation Trust Unit, Department of Health
  • Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Health
  • secondments to the NHS and the UCL School of Public Policy.

Clare has a long-standing interest in leadership, change and diversity. She is a member of the Westminster Abbey Institute Council of Reference and the Advisory Council of the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy.

Shan Morgan

Shan Morgan represented the UK on the Committee of the Deputy Representatives of the Member States (Coreper I) in the Council from 2012 to 2016. 

Sue Owen

Sue was appointed Permanent Secretary for Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 4 September 2013 and joined the department on 1 October 2013. In July 2014 Sue became the Civil Service LGB&T Champion.

Career highlights include:
Director General of Strategy, Department for Work and Pensions, 2011-2013
Director General, Welfare and Wellbeing, Department for Work and Pensions, 2009-2011
Director General for Corporate Performance, Department for International Development, 2006-2009
Director, EMU Policy, Euro Preparations and Debt Management, HM Treasury, 2002-2005
Counsellor Economic, British Embassy Washington, 1999-2002
Adviser on family policy, Number 10 Policy Unit, 1998-99
Assistant secretary EU Coordination & Strategy, HM Treasury, 1995-1998
Economic adviser posts at HM Treasury (macro forecast, labour market, Germany), 1989-1995
Research fellow then lecturer in economics, University College Cardiff, 1978-88

Andrew Rhodes

Andrew Rhodes was appointed Director General, Operations at the Department for Work and Pensions in March 2016.

Andrew joined the civil service in 2005 and has worked as Director of Products and Services at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and Chief Operating Officer at the Food Standards Agency.

Andrew is also a non-executive for the Royal Air Force Air Command.

Philip Rutnam

Philip Rutnam joined the Home Office as Permanent Secretary in April 2017.

Prior to that Philip was the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport for 5 years.

In April 2015, Philip became the Civil Service Disability Champion.

Philip had previously been Director General, Business and Skills, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills where he was responsible for policy towards and industry and enterprise, including economic development across the regions and support for small business, and for further education policy including apprenticeships and the Skills Funding Agency.

Prior to BIS, Philip was at Ofcom where he helped to establish the organisation and then to lead its work on competition, economic regulation and use of the radio spectrum. He was a partner at Ofcom from 2003 and a member of the Ofcom Board from 2007 to 2009.

A former senior Treasury official, Philip Rutnam’s career also includes working in corporate finance at Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong, a period as Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary and responsibility for the Treasury’s interest in business and enterprise. He also previously represented the UK at the European Investment Bank.

He was educated at Cambridge and Harvard.

Mark Sedwill

Permanent Secretary at the Home Office between February 2013 and April 2017. He was previously Director General (political) at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Prime Minister’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Duncan Selbie

Duncan has been the Chief Executive of Public Health England since its formation in 2013.

Until 2012, he was Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, the regional teaching hospital for the south east of England. From 2003 to 2007, he was Director General of Programmes and Performance for the NHS and the first Director General of NHS Commissioning. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of South East London Strategic Health Authority and before that Chief Executive of the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

Jon Thompson

Jon was appointed Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in April 2016 after more than three years as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence.

As Chief Executive, Jon is responsible for delivering the department’s strategy, including HMRC’s ambitious transformation programme, business objectives and customer service improvements.

Jon is HMRC’s Accounting Officer, accountable to Parliament for the department’s expenditure and performance.

He is also a Commissioner of Revenue and Customs, and a member of the HMRC Board.

A member of the Civil Service Board, Jon leads HMRC’s relationships with other government departments.

Jon is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA).

He is married to Dawn, they have three sons and live in Cambridgeshire.

Sir Mark Walport

Sir Mark Walport was appointed Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and Head of the Government Office for Science in April 2013.

As GCSA Mark is co-chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST).

His previous career highlights include:

  • Director of the Wellcome Trust
  • Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London
  • member of the India-UK CEO Forum and UK-India Round Table
  • member of the advisory board of Infrastructure UK
  • non-executive member of the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research

Mark received a knighthood in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to medical research and was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society in 2011.

Chris Wormald

Chris Wormald was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health in May 2016.

His previous posts include:

  • Permanent Secretary for the Department for Education
  • Director General in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, Cabinet Office
  • Head of the Economic and Domestic Secretariat, Cabinet Office
  • Director General, Public Service Reform, Cabinet Office
  • Director General for Local Government and Regeneration at the Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Principal Private Secretary to Estelle Morris and Charles Clarke